Monday, August 8, 2016

PVT Nathan Edward Marks

PFC Nathan Edward Marks was born 3 Jan 1921 in Jackson County, Ohio. He was the oldest of 3 children and only son born to Issie and Mae Elizabeth (Heading) Marks.  Nathan was named for his grandfather who had immigrated from Russia in what is now Poland. The family name was originally "Marx" but was apparently changed to the more "English" "Marks" in reaction to the anti-German sentiment that swept the United States during WW1. Nathan attended Oak Hill High School and the family lived in Oak Hill, Ohio. Nathan's father worked as a brick mason who reported a 1939 income of $900. By that time Nathan was working as a laborer in a nursery and he reported a 1939 income of $180.

Nathan entered the Army in August 1942. After training he was sent to England and assigned to L Company 116h Infantry and trained with the unit for the invasion of Nazi occupied France. He landed with the unit on Omaha Beach and fought with them until he was killed in action on 8 Aug 1944 near Vire, France. 

PFC Marks rests in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Sister, Maxine Elva Marks, joined the Cadet Nurse Corps. Grandfather Isaac Headings served in A Company 1st Ohio Artillery during the Civil War.

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